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My name is Alison Willis and I created the Berlinski label in 2008. Berlinski grew through my passion for sewing, design and beautiful vintage fabrics and linens. I have collected fabrics for many years and I really enjoy making something new out of something old. I base my pieces on simple designs using good quality structural fabrics which allows the unique fabric I have collected to be the feature. The fabrics I love using most are vintage Japanese kimono pieces, antique and vintage tablecloths, laces and embroideries. When using vintage fabrics I am always conscious of not cutting up pieces that are in perfect condition. I love finding perfect areas in otherwise damaged vintage fabrics and giving them a new life!

I love the thought that the detail and beauty of vintage textiles can be cherished and appreciated again. I hand-pick all the fabrics and hand-sew each piece, which makes every…

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  • Female
  • Born on August 5
  • Joined August 11, 2008

Favorite materials

Vintage fabrics, antique hand embroidered doilies, Japanese kimono silks, cotton spots and stripes, denim

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About

My name is Alison Willis and I created the Berlinski label in 2008. Berlinski grew through my passion for sewing, design and beautiful vintage fabrics and linens. I have collected fabrics for many years and I really enjoy making something new out of something old. I base my pieces on simple designs using good quality structural fabrics which allows the unique fabric I have collected to be the feature. The fabrics I love using most are vintage Japanese kimono pieces, antique and vintage tablecloths, laces and embroideries. When using vintage fabrics I am always conscious of not cutting up pieces that are in perfect condition. I love finding perfect areas in otherwise damaged vintage fabrics and giving them a new life!

I love the thought that the detail and beauty of vintage textiles can be cherished and appreciated again. I hand-pick all the fabrics and hand-sew each piece, which makes every Berlinski item a genuine one off…something that makes you stand out in a crowd. Berlinski accessories are created to be beautiful, functional works of art!

I always get asked “so why Berlinski”? My mother has been such an inspiration to me over the years. She has taught me so much of what I know about textiles and sewing. Berlinski is her Polish maiden name and I use it with love and pride


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